RIP: Google Has Abandoned Its Daydream VR Platform

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RIP Google Daydream (November 2016 – October 2019). Sad news out of New York this morning as Google confirms it has discontinued the production of its Daydream View VR headset and will not be providing VR support for its upcoming Pixel 4, effectively killing the Daydream platform in the process. Image Credit: Google Inc. “We We are no longer certifying new devices,” a Google spokesperson confirmed to VentureBeat. Image Credit: Google Inc.

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Back To The Moon Is The First Google Doodle Available In All Realities

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Back to the Moon was first released in 2018 as a first-of-its-kind collaboration between Nexus Studios , Google Spotlight Stories , Google Arts & Culture , Cinématèque Française , and Google Doodles. In a behind the scenes video released by Google, Mark Davies, Technical Lead for Nexus Studios, talks about how the most interesting part of the AR film is its interactivity. Image Credit: Google.

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Google I/O 2020 Has Been Cancelled Due To Coronavirus

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Fears over a potential outbreak of COVID-19 has forced Google to postpone its annual I/O developer conference, normally held in May at the Shoreline Amphitheater just across the street from Googleplex headquarters in Mountain View, California. Due to concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and in accordance with health guidance from the CDC, WHO, and other health authorities, we have decided to cancel the physical Google I/O event at Shoreline Amphitheatre,” Google said in a statement.

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Google Teases New AR Features Coming To Google Maps & Lens

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Google VR becomes Google AR & VR as the company uses its annual I/O event to tease a new wave of augmented technology. Google wasted no time at this years Google I/O Developer Conference , diving head first into some truly jaw dropping projects that are making their way to our devices. So much so that that the company has officially changed its title of Google VR to Google AR & VR. Image Credit: VRScout / Google AR & VR.

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Google Rolls Out New AR Features For Its Lens App

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While VR technology may have been absent at this year’s I/O Developer Conference in Mountain View, California, Google did reveal several AR and machine learning-based updates coming soon to Google Lens. For example, by activating Google Lens and aiming the camera at a written foreign language (Lens can detect 100 different dialects), the app will instantly detect the language presented and layer a translation directly on top of the original. Image Credit: Google.

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Google Acquires North, the Startup Behind ‘Focals’ Smartglasses

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Google today confirmed in a blog post that it’s acquired North, the Canada-based smartglasses maker behind Focals. “Over the last while, it became clear that aligning with Google would significantly advance our shared vision,” North said in a news brief. The Focals app itself is also going to be removed from both Google Play and Apple’s App Store. as a Google device targeted at fashion-conscious consumers.

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Google Reveals Glass Enterprise Edition 2 AR Headset

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Earlier today, Google announced the latest addition to its Google Glass hardware line-up with Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2. To help protect all the delicate technology stuffed into the sleek device, Google teamed up with Smith Optics to create a set of Glass-compatible safety frames capable of withstanding the harsh conditions of working environments such as manufacturing floors and maintenance facilities. Image Credit: Google.

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Google Is Shutting Down Its Jump VR Program

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Sorry Google Jump users, but Google has made the decision to shut down their cloud-based video stitching service on June 28 th citing a decline in Jump Assembler users. If you happen to be a current Jump user, you have until June 26 th to upload your footage and squeeze out every last drop of Google’s stitching services before they suspend services at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. Image Credit: Google AR & VR. Google thinks so too.

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Report: Google’s ‘Tilt Brush’ is Coming to PSVR Soon

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Google has taken its sweet time bringing its VR creation app Tilt Brush (2016) to PSVR, although having recently slimmed down the app to fit on the modest mobile chipset of Oculus Quest may have given the company needed incentive to finally launch on PSVR. Although Google has yet to officially announce Tilt Brush for PSVR, the reported data seems to strongly indicate a nearby release on the platform. Google Google VR News PSVR Game VR Game gamstat google tilt brush tilt brush psv

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Google Poly Editor Gives Brands More Control Over Their Immersive Ads

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Google introduces customizable backgrounds, new animation settings, and realistic reflections. Originally announced earlier this summer alongside the reveal of Swirl, Google’s new mobile web-based immersive display format, the company this week confirmed the launch of its new 3D editor for the Google Poly 3D platform that offers brands a host of new options and abilities for customizing their web-based immersive advertisements. Google Poly editor in-action.

Google Teases New AR Features For Its Search & Lens Apps

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Google focuses on practical AR functionality at its annual developer conference. Google’s annual I/O Developer Conference kicked off earlier this morning at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA with a two-hour keynote highlighting a wide range of updates to their lineup of proprietary mobile software. Google Search AR functionality in action // Image Credit: Google. Automatically calculating tips via Google Lens // Image Credit: Google.

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Google wakes up from its VR daydream

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Daydream, Google’s mobile-focused virtual reality platform, is losing official support from Google, Android Police reports. Google’s hardware business is already peanuts compared to their search and ads business, so it probably wasn’t clear what the point was.

Google Pixel Phones Get AR Maps First

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Google is starting to roll out its augmented reality mapping features to its Pixel phones. We’ll be curious to see how broadly and quickly Google is able to support the new feature. Google’s new AR maps build on these other technologies and, in a technical blog post from February, the company explained how its “Visual Positioning Service” works to enable more accurate mapping in AR. AR Google Daydream VR Industry News google

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Developer Brings Google Lens’ AR Features To VR

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This past May during the 2019 I/O Developer Conference, Google unveiled several new features heading to their Google Search and Lens applications. These additions included 3D animated models accessible directly through Google Search, the ability to scan restaurant menus for additional information on recommended dishes, as well as automatic tip calculations. So I got google lens working in VR pic.twitter.com/rFCS7nUgbx — Phasedragon (@Phasedragoon) August 22, 2019.

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Google Closes The Door On Its ‘Spotlight Stories’ VR Film Studio

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Pour one out in remembrance of Google’s Oscar nominated, Emmy award-winning platform. In an official statement released yesterday by Google, the company confirmed the termination of their popular immersive film program, Google Spotlight Stories, after an impressive six years of AAA VR storytelling. Founded originally by Motorola with the goal of producing 360-degree content exclusive to Android phones, the studio eventually fell into the hands of Google after their 12.5

Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 Now Available for Direct Developer Purchase

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Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2, the company’s most recent smartglasses (or rather smart glass ), was only available to partner companies when it launched in May 2019. Now Google is allowing its third-party hardware vendors to sell the headset direct to developers. Now it seems the most recent version of Glass has fared well enough in the enterprise market that Google is now opening up sales to anyone with around $1,000. Image courtesy Google.

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Google Releases Real-time Mobile Hand Tracking to R&D Community

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Google has released to researchers and developers its own mobile device-based hand tracking method using machine learning, something Google R esearch engineers Valentin Bazarevsky and Fan Zhang call a “new approach to hand perception.” Google Research hopes its hand-tracking methods will spark in the community “creative use cases, stimulating new applications and new research avenues.”

Google Hangouts Is Officially Biting the Dust

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Earlier today, Google announced in a corporate blog post that the die-hards currently left on the Hangouts messaging platform are officially getting the boot. obits google meet google covid 19

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Design Your Own VR Tour With Google’s ‘Tour Creator’

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Google harnesses the power of photos and street view to deliver simplified, web-based VR development to students and teachers. It’s officially day two of Google’s annual I/O Developer Conference here in beautiful Mountain View, California and Google AR & VR has once again started off the day with some big news. You can then search across Google Street View for your desired locations, or upload your own 360-degree photos for a one-of-a-kind tour.

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Google Releases Highly-polished VR Tour of Versailles for Free

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Google Arts & Culture partnered with Château de Versailles to create an extremely detailed VR tour of the iconic French palace, aptly named VersaillesVR – the palace is yours (2019). Built using photogrammetry, Google’s Arts & Culture team took 132,000 high-res photos from different angles, and then fed it all into their software to build a 3D model. Image courtesy Google Arts & Culture.

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Putt-Putt Google Earth VR Looks Amazing

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When YouTube channel Nat and Friends toured Google VR, we were honestly expecting to see experiments from Google’s Daydream Labs that we’ve already seen. Projects we’ve reported on like Google’s headset removal or last year’s social VR experiments have been some of our favorites. What we weren’t expecting to see was putt-putt golf in Google Earth VR or a few other inspiring demos that show us what’s possible with the immersive technology in the near term.

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Fortnite Booted from Google's App Store Too

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Google kicked Fortnite off its Play Store on Thursday following the unparalleled theatrics of its removal from Apple’s app store earlier today. fortnite freefortnite apple google apps app store antitrust google play google play store

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Google Nest Thermostat vs. Google Nest Learning Thermostat

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Google Files Patent Application For Hand-Controlled Mobile VR Headset

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A ‘Brand New’ Google Earth Experience Is On The Way

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Google Chrome Update Allows For More Powerful WebVR Experiences

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Last week Google launched the beta for Chrome 79, the latest update for its Chrome web browser. According to Google, this new-and-improved WebVR support will eventually make its way to Chromium-based browsers, including Oculus Browser, Microsoft Edge, Magic Leap’s Helio, and Firefox Reality. The post Google Chrome Update Allows For More Powerful WebVR Experiences appeared first on VRScout. News Chrome 79 Firefox Reality Google Chrome Oculus Go Oculus Quest Web-based VR WebV

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Google Pixel Leaks Could Give Us Our First Look At Daydream Ready Phones

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Google’s AR/VR Team Just Keeps Growing

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Google first started its venture into virtual reality with Google Cardboard back in 2014. A look at the company’s job listings so far this year reveals Google’s expanding commitment and investment in VR and AR. Google is continuing to grow its AR and VR teams and shows no signs of stopping any time soon. SEE ALSO Hands-on: Google's Standalone Daydream Headset Prototype with WorldSense Tracking.

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Google Brings Web-based AR to Chrome in Latest Beta

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Last week Google released a beta of Chrome 81 for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows, which means a stable version is just around the corner. Google first included WebVR, the VR-focused predecessor to the WebXR API, in Chrome 66 back in April 2018. According to Google’s Chromium blog , the upcoming stable version of Chrome will also include support for the WebXR Hit Test API, an API for placing digital objects in a physical world view. Image courtesy Google.

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Google Earth VR Adds Search and Oculus Rift Support

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It was six months ago when Google launched a VR version of Google Earth for the HTC Vive. And still to this day, Google Earth VR remains one of the best, if not the best, app experiences available in VR. An app with such a mass appeal like Google’s Tilt Brush, Earth VR lets you visit locations around the world in 3D. Now Google Earth VR is getting a major update. The post Google Earth VR Adds Search and Oculus Rift Support appeared first on VRScout.

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Google Home vs. Amazon Echo

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The XR Week Peek (2020.06.29): Oculus kills the Go, Google buys North, and much more!

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Google is going to buy North. A report says tha t Alphabet, the company behind Google, is in the last stages of the acquisition of North, the Canadian startup that makes the Focals smartglasses. With rumors of upcoming Apple glasses surging, and the investment made in Magic Leap that until now has been unfruitful, for sure Google is looking for an alternative to build its AR strategy. Google adds depth APIs to ARCore.

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Google Unveils ARCore Depth API to Make AR More Natural & Interactive

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ARCore, Google’s developer platform for building augmented reality experiences for mobile devices, is unveiling today a new tool called Depth API, which not only lets mobile devices create depth maps using a single RGB camera, but also aims to make the AR experience more natural, as virtual imagery is more realistically placed in the world. To demonstrate, Google created a number of demos to shows off the full set of capabilities the new Depth API brings to ARCore.

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Google Brings AR Into The Classroom With ‘Expeditions AR’ Program

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Google Expeditions expands services to include educational AR for students. Joining the list of announcements made during the first day of the 2017 Google I/O conference are plans to further expand the company’s Google Expeditions , helping to bring augmented reality experiences into classrooms across the U.S. The Pioneer Program uses Google Tango technology to effectively scan and map the physical room and accurately project 3D models throughout.

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Report: Google is Developing a Standalone AR Headset to Rival HoloLens

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Google is allegedly developing a standalone augmented reality headset that aims to offer users a tethereless AR experience, German tech publication WinFuture reports. Google A65 is reportedly a collaboration between Google and the Taiwanese contract manufacturer Quanta, who built Google devices in the past, including the Pixel C Tablet. ” Image courtesy Google.

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Still Use Google Daydream? Don’t Get Android 11

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If, by some chance, you’re still using the Google Daydream VR platform, you won’t want to update your phone to Android 11. “The Daydream VR app is no longer supported by Google and may not work properly on some devices running Android 11 or later,” the page reads.

Google Stadia vs. xCloud

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